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Malta
The locals speak English and you can use your hairdryer without an adaptor!

It may be smaller than the Isle of Wight, but Malta manages to squeeze in a whole host of attractions. Aside from the clear Mediterranean Sea (it’s a favoured spot for divers) and the wonderful climate, the island has a rich history spanning some 7,000 years. This means you’ll find everything from temples older than the pyramids, to medieval walled cities and fortifications that tell the story of Malta’s role during World War II. Best of all, it feels reassuringly familiar – almost everyone speaks English, they drive on the left they even sell beer in pints!

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Hotel Fortina QQQQ

Stay and Relax

Set on the seafront promenade at Sliema, with beautiful views across the bay, the locally rated 4-star Hotel Fortina offers access to a great range of facilities. The hotel is in a prime location for guests wishing to explore bustling Sliema and discover Malta's jewel in the crown - UNESCO-protected Valletta.

Diplomat Hotel QQQ

Stay and Relax

Explore the many attractions along Malta's rugged east coast from historic Sliema.

Discover the many attractions of popular St Paul's Bay during an all-inclusive stay at the recently renovated db San Antonio Hotel and Spa.

Fortina Spa Resort QQQQQ

Stay and Relax premium

Escape to the locally rated 5-star Fortina Spa Resort, part of the Fortina Resort Complex, where you can relax, indulge in delicious cuisine from various corners of the world.

Coastline Hotel QQQQ

Stay and Relax

Enjoy peaceful surroundings, stunning views across Salina Bay and an included excursion to historic Valletta during your stay at this friendly, all inclusive hotel.

This ballroom and Latin American dance-themed hotel stay is packed with interest, whether you are already an experienced dancer looking to brush up your skills or a beginner keen to get an in-depth introduction.

Experience incredible concerts during this music-themed stay at the Hotel Fortina in Malta, which coincides with the Valletta International Baroque Festival.

Islands of Antiquity

Escorted Tour Pace 2

Discover the rich and turbulent history of Malta, Gozo and Comino, which together have the greatest density of historic sites of any country on earth.

Discover the natural splendours of Malta on this exhilarating walking holiday.

Take in the horticultural highlights of Malta in springtime as you discover pretty wild flowers and a diversity of fascinating gardens

Head to the balmy Mediterranean island of Malta to admire a diverse range of art, including Roman mosaics, Byzantine frescoes and Caravaggio's masterpieces.

Explore Malta’s intriguing archaeological past, tracing the island’s history from prehistoric times to Roman rule, and exploring prehistoric sites, museums and medieval monuments.

Enjoy evenings of live New Orleans Jazz from an amazing six-piece band, the Savannah Jazz Band.

Uncover the treasures of Rome on this fabulous Mediterranean cruise that also visits Greece, Turkey and Malta.

Sail back in time and discover a realm of ancient history as you call at Jerusalem, Ephesus, Athens and the tiny island of Malta.

Explore the Eastern Mediterranean on this leisurely cruise aboard Celebrity Constellation®, visiting Italy, Malta and Turkey.

Cruise the Dalmatian Coast and the Mediterranean, pausing at historic cities which include Split, Valletta and Naples.

Step aboard Black Watch for this epic Mediterranean voyage that takes in a dazzling and diverse array of cities on the Adriatic coast and beyond.

Cruise from Southampton aboard Fred. Olsen's elegant Balmoral on this exotic fly-cruise across the Mediterranean to Dubai.

Spend the festive season taking in the rich history, awe-inspiring architecture and coastal charm of the Mediterranean.

Delve into the fascinating cultures of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas on this month-long cruise.

Adriatic Explorer

Ocean Cruise

Uncover the fascinating history surrounding the Mediterranean and the Adriatic Sea as you explore the UNESCO-protected cities of Valletta and Dubrovnik, and visit timeless Venice.

Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign on this voyage through the Mediterranean.

Discover the wonders of the Old World on this epic voyage across the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean to the Far East.

Board Fred. Olsen's Boudicca and circumnavigate the African continent – only made possible by the Suez Canal – visiting 16 countries and four fascinating island nations.

Around the World

Cruise World

For the ultimate cruise, join this full circumnavigation of the globe to discover a world of variety and contrasts...

Language

English,Maltese -

Malta has dual official languages, Maltese and English, giving it a real home-from-home feel.

The Maltese speak a unique language, Malti, written in Latin characters – it incorporates many words derived from English, Italian and French. Italian is also widely spoken in Malta.

Tipping

While tipping is not obligatory, it is best to follow what the locals do, which is usually to leave a 10% gratuity.

Population and size

Malta’s population currently stands at 422,128. The Maltese archipelago includes the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino, as well as the uninhabited, and little known islands of Comminotto and Filfla.

Malta is situated in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and Tunisia.

At a tiny 316 square kilometers (smaller than the Isle of Wight), it is one of the world’s tiniest countries, closely followed by the Maldives. So at approximately 17 miles long and eight miles wide, if you’re a good hiker, you could walk the length in less than a day!

Currency

Euro -

The euro replaced the lira as the official currency of Malta in 2008.

Culture

Malta is a deeply religious country, with more than 98% of the population being Roman Catholic. Indeed, the island has 365 churches – one for every day of the year!

Honey is one of Malta's most treasured products, so much so that the name Malta means ‘honey’ translated from its earliest Roman title – you won’t be able to resist a taste along, perhaps, with sampling Maltese olive oil and a slosh of local wine.

Despite its size, Malta attracts international film productions from around the world. Since 1925 when the first film was shot in Malta (Sons of the Sea), Malta has been the setting for more than 100 feature films including The Da Vinci Code, Troy and Gladiator.

Phrases

English and Maltese are both official languages and nearly everybody in Malta speaks English. Even so, here are some helpful words if you fancy trying out the local lingo…

Hello - Hello (that’s easy enough!)

Goodbye - Saħħa (SAH-ha)

Please - Jekk jogħġbok (yek YOH-jbok)

Thank you - Grazzi (GRUTS-ee)

Yes - Iva (Eve-a)

No - Le (Le)

Timezone

Malta is one hour ahead of GMT, so no need to worry about jet lag.

Electricity

Most British appliances can be used without an adaptor, as sockets tend to be the standard rectangular pin you’ll find at home. That’s one less thing to pack!

Climate

Malta enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild winters.

In the summer months, you can bask in 12 hours of glorious sunshine and a pleasant 5 or 6 hours in the winter.

During the winter, temperatures will stay in the region of 16°C (60 °F) – considerably warmer than our chilly British weather.

In summer, temperatures will peak at around 30°C (86°F).

Health

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre – see www.nathnac.org, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad at www.fco.gov.uk/travel.

Passports and visas

For stays of up to three months your passport should be valid for the planned duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

British nationals do not need a visa to visit Malta.

It’s a good idea to take a photocopy of your passport showing your passport number and photograph. Bring this with you on holiday, but keep it in a different place from your passport, just in case it gets lost or stolen.

Smoking

Smoking is banned in any enclosed private or public premises, including bars and pubs, cafes and restaurants, public transport, cinemas, theatres and hospitals.

However, many establishments offer an outside seating option for smokers.

Smoking is also prohibited in the common areas in hotels. It is advisable to check with your hotel about its smoking policy before you book.

Flight time

A flight from London to Luqa takes approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes.